Monday, 20 December 2010

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets

First left: Rainbow Lorikeet, tail feather. Second: Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, tail feather. Third: Rainbow Lorikeet, primary covert.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The charm of Tawny Frogmouths

The air was thick with water, mosquitos everywhere eating us. The sun was pale at the Boondall Wetlands as we walked along a path that has been flooded recently after the heavy rains. Suddenly we saw her, the long awaited sighting has been finally accomplished. She soon realized we were watching her so she started 'being a branch'. The tawny, reddish colour of some feathers tells us it's a female. I wonder how many times we walked by a Tawny Frogmouth without seeing anything but being unwittingly watched.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Little Ringed Plover's chick

I rescued this little chick as he fell trapped through a hole between the rocks, although he seemed to be a bit weak he was able to run toward his mother who immediately took him under her wings. I was positive and hopeful since he didn't look too bad. I'm not sure how long he spent under those rocks in the sunshine without water. Unfortunately, the day after there were two chicks instead of three running about. As we all know, that's nature.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Australian miscellanea

This is a small collection of encounters gathered  after a few hours spent in the bush (Toohey Forest).

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Hardhead or White-eyed Duck is the name of the only australian diving duck, the dark brown-reddish headed one in the sketches. And that is also the only one at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. There is something wrong with one wing, he can't completely spread it so he can't fly. I wonder how he got to that place... maybe he was found injured, then rescued and released in that safe place. The other ducks in the sketches are the Pacific Blak Ducks.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Australian White Ibises in Brisbane

These native protected birds have learned very well to take advantage over human activity. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens are filled with nests and young fledglings. I find them amazing to draw as they have endless everchanging shapes to capture.
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